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Latest Fragile X syndrome Stories

2014-04-01 15:02:36

The very earliest signs of a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder, in which physical symptoms are not apparent until the fifth decade of life, are detectable in individuals as young as 30 years old using a new, sophisticated type of neuroimaging, researchers at UC Davis, the University of Illinois and UCLA have found. People with the condition — fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) — experience tremors, poor balance, cognitive impairments and Parkinsonism. The genetic...

Fragile X Syndrome
2014-02-28 13:24:30

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American researchers has found a genetic mechanism that shuts off the gene associated with fragile X syndrome – which causes developmental disorders such as mental retardation and autism. According to the team’s report in the journal Science, they were successfully able to a test drug that blocks this blocking mechanism. While it has been known that the syndrome is driven by the excessive repetition...

2013-12-13 08:25:19

$1.83 million in total grants given by Jerome Lejeune Foundation during 2013 PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Scientific Advisory Board of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA has recommended 4 U.S. researchers to receive grants from the Foundation for its second funding cycle of 2013. The U.S. and French Foundations will fund a total of 16 projects in this cycle from labs in 5 countries. Total international funding from the Jerome Lejeune Foundation during the call for grants in...

2013-10-21 13:25:42

Genetic mutation found to restore translational balance in mice In a biological quirk that promises to provide researchers with a new approach for studying and potentially treating Fragile X syndrome, scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) have shown that knocking out a gene important for messenger RNA (mRNA) translation in neurons restores memory deficits and reduces behavioral symptoms in a mouse model of a prevalent human neurological disease. These results,...

2013-10-07 23:25:11

A New York infertility treatment and research center earns a patent for a unique method of reducing the risk and spread of breast and ovarian cancer in women. New York, New York (PRWEB) October 07, 2013 The Center for Human Reproduction (CHR), a leading fertility research and treatment center in New York City, has been awarded a U.S. patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regarding use of FMR1 gene inhibitors as a method of reducing the risk of and/or spread of breast or ovarian...

2013-09-18 15:39:50

Claudia Bagni (VIB/KU Leuven, Belgium, and the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy), has identified the way Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein or FMRP contributes to the progression of breast cancer. For this research the group of Bagni collaborated with colleagues from the VIB/KU Leuven departments of Bart De Strooper and Peter Carmeliet (VIB/KU Leuven), with Patrick Neven (UZ Leuven) and with several research centers and Hospitals in Italy and the UK. The researchers demonstrated that...

2013-08-21 12:27:49

The gene and protein responsible for causing Fragile X Syndrome emerges as a leading candidate in the search for the cause of autism and maybe even schizophrenia WALNUT CREEK, Calif., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The little known FMR1 gene was first mapped in 1991. It was originally thought to cause only fragile X syndrome (FXS) when the gene mutates, but scientists have since discovered that the same mutation that causes the developmental and intellectual disabilities associated...

2013-04-18 22:00:23

Study finds abnormal protein translation leads to Fragile X ataxia, a disorder seen in grandfathers of children with Fragile X syndrome A bizarre twist on the usual way proteins are made may explain mysterious symptoms in the grandparents of some children with mental disabilities. The discovery, made by a team of scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School, may lead to better treatments for older adults with a recently discovered genetic condition. The condition, called...

Antibiotic Treatment For Children With Fragile X
2013-04-10 09:36:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An older, broad-spectrum antibiotic has shown “modest” yet meaningful improvements in general behavior, mood and anxiety for children suffering from fragile X syndrome (FXS), claims a study published in this month´s edition of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. For the study, researchers from the University of California-Davis Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND)...

2013-04-09 08:32:05

During Autism Awareness Month, Research Breakthroughs Continue to Offer Hope WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Updates on the Issue:There continues to be exciting news of research advancements on the Fragile X gene and its links to autism. New research studies are discovering more pathways linking Fragile X and autism. In addition, bi-partisan support is growing in Congress to continue building on the success of the federally funded Fragile X research. Parents...